Penguins Shut Down by Phoenix Defense in 67-42 Loss

Indiya Benjamin (Photo by Jory Baniecki)
Indiya Benjamin (Photo by Jory Baniecki)

The Youngstown State women's basketball team's winning streak came to a halt at the hands of No. 19/15 Green Bay on Saturday in a 67-42 loss to the Phoenix at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins came in red-hot on a five-game winning streak and carrying momentum from an 86-85 overtime win over Milwaukee on Thursday, but Green Bay showed why it leads the country in scoring defense. The Phoenix held Youngstown State to 26.9 percent shooting for the game, and YSU was 0-for-14 from the floor in a scoreless third period.

Indiya Benjamin scored all 17 of her points in the first half, including three on a one-handed throw from about 65 feet at the end of the first period. She was recognized before the game for breaking Danielle Carson's career assists record, and Carson was there to present her with a commemorative basketball.

Benjamin had four of YSU's seven 3-pointers in the first half, which ended with the Penguins within striking distance down 35-28. Green Bay outscored the Penguins 21-0 in the third to pull away. YSU outscored the Phoenix 14-11 in the second and fourth periods but was outscored 45-14 in the first and third.

Jessica Lindstrom recorded the 36th double-double of her career to break a school record, finishing with game highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Green Bay.

Green Bay scored the first six points of the game, and three free throws by Benjamin at the 6:45 mark brought the Penguins to within 8-5. The Phoenix went on a 16-3 run to go up 24-8 with under a minute left, but Nikki Arbanas and Benjamin's highlight-film buzzer-beater allowed the Penguins to get within 24-14 at the end of the period.

A triple by McKenah Peters cut the margin to just six at 26-20, and YSU climbed back to within five at 33-28 with 1:29 left on a Benjamin triple. Two free throws by Jen Wellnitz put Green Bay up 35-28 at halftime, the Phoenix lead ballooned to 56-28 at the end of the third.

Youngstown State will face a quick turnaround as it play at Northern Kentucky on Monday. Tipoff against the Norse will be at 5 p.m. as the Penguins play their third game in a five-day stretch. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO and ESPN3, and YSU's men's basketball team will play the Norse afterward.